President Muhammadu Buhari has written the two Chambers of the National Assembly, notifying the federal lawmakers of his return from a 104-day medical vacation in London and his subsequent resumption of duty, an official has said.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made this disclosure on Monday afternoon, in a statement made available to journalists on Monday, August 21.
Adesina said the president signed the letter of notice for dispatch to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, hours after his nationwide broadcast to the nation Monday morning.
“In line with constitutional provision, President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the legislature of his return to office, after returning from medical vacation in London,” disclosed Mr. Adesina.
Noting that the communication was in line with constitutional provision that requires Buhari to notify the lawmakers of his return, Adesina quoted the President as stating in the letter dated August 21:
“In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I write to intimate that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, 21st August, 2017, after my medical follow-up in the United Kingdom.”
Adesina later told reporters that the letter to the National Assembly was dispatched at few minutes after 11am.
“Yes, some few minutes past 11, the President signed the letter notifying the National Assembly of his resumption. A copy has been sent to the Senate President and a copy has been sent to the Speaker, House of Representatives, so the President has resumed,” he said.
On what his President Buhari’s resumption meant to Nigerians, the presidential spokesman said, “it means the President they voted into office, who has been serving them and who was indisposed for some time and who came back on Saturday, is ready to continue with the work he has been doing.”
On Nigerians reaction to the President’s broadcast that his message was not explicit enough, Adesina said, “that broadcast was just one step of many steps that are going to be taken in the days and weeks and months ahead so you can’t expect that everything will be said in one day.”
Meanwhile, Buhari who returned to the country on Saturday, August 19, to a wild jubilation from his supporters after leaving the country on May 7, will be working from his official residence, and not his office, for now.
According to Punch, a Presidency source who spoke to State House correspondents on condition of anonymity attributed the development to ongoing renovation in the President’s office.
The source did not reveal how long the renovation will last.
While Mr. Buhari was on medical vacation, his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, was “coordinating” the affairs of the country in acting capacity.